Bellini’s Was Born
Bellini's was born from founder Sonia Bellini’s desire to help others connect with their own unique beauty. For years, she’d been frustrated with the impossible beauty standards dictated by the media; Bellini’s was her way of doing something about it. When Bellini’s first opened its doors in 1993 as Bellini’s European Day Spa, Portland had never seen anything like it. The spa offered innovative skin treatments and the very best skin care brands sourced from around the world. Sonia’s approach was grounded in Old World, European tradition; the results were nothing short of transformative. Through word of mouth, Bellini’s quickly gained a large following of loyal clients – many who have been coming ever since.
Sonia later decided it was time to evolve Bellini's. Realizing fragrance was another way for people to express their individual beauty, she created an entirely new beauty experience that includes a parfumerie filled with hard-to-find scents from modern fragrance artists; rebranding to Bellini’s Skin + Parfumerie.
Besides Bellini’s skin treatments and intoxicating fragrances, we also offer artisan candles, luxurious body products, and many other must-haves for both women and men. While many of the brands we carry are exclusive -- our attitude isn’t. Within our comfortable, welcoming space, you’ll truly find something for everyone. So come in, say hello, and explore our sensory playground. We can’t wait to help you discover your most beautiful self.
Sonia grew up in Australia suffering from severe acne at 18, going to an aesthetician weekly to clear up her skin. This is where her skin care journey truly began.
After getting her skin cleared & experiencing working with an aesthetician on a regular basis, she knew this was something she wanted to do as a career. She went to school in the United States & got her license in Portland working under some notable aestheticians, including a woman from France who taught her a lot about skin & European skin care.
It took years to find each skincare line Bellini’s offers; each having their own technology & renowned for their own science. One thing that is definitely true is that what works for one person doesn’t mean it works for another person.
By being able to have the skills to understand skin, having the right brand products, and using trustworthy science, we know we can definitely get the best results for your skin. We can, have, and will make a difference in people’s lives. Just like when Sonia was 18 and her aesthetician changed the course of her life, Sonia hopes that Bellini’s can make a positive impact in our clients’ lives.
Meet The Team
Facial Specialist Aesthetician
Eliza (eh-lee-zah) has been a part of The Bellini's Team since August 2021, and has brought a unique perspective to skincare! Having been born in Ukraine and speaking three languages, she spent years studying to be a pharmacist before discovering her love of esthetics. Her goal, much like our own, is to help people bring out their inner beauty by making them more confident in their skin! After years of waxing clients in Russia, she made her way to the United States, where she graduated from the Aveda Institute of Portland. Soon after, Eliza joined Bellini's! During her Apprenticeship, she has discovered her love of extractions and relaxing facial massages.
Her number one piece of beauty advice? "To properly take care of your beauty, you need to start with your heart and soul, otherwise no cosmetics will make a difference!"
Jillian's journey to Bellini's was a divine encounter. She has lived in Portland for seven years, and fatefully ventured over to Bellini's to join the team. Her goal is to create a safe, healing, relaxing space for clients, and for clients to achieve their best skin goals.
She loves the instant gratification of waxing, and takes pride in having someone fall asleep during a good facial and massage. In her free time, Jillian enjoys cross-stitching, snuggling with her two cats, and attending live music around town.
Jillian's beauty advice is: "Find the things that make YOU feel beautiful and embrace them to the fullest. Having that confidence about yourself then spills over into so many other avenues of life and we all deserve to feel good about ourselves."
Maria's professional goals are to continue to grow and expand her knowledge of skin conditions, facial massaging, and lymphatic drainage. She is inspired to learn about the process and science of creating skincare, and someday create her own serum, cleanser, or moisturizer - hopefully all 3!
She loves to perform massages during her facials, and she also enjoys working out, hanging out with her family, going to the beach, and enjoying an iced Americano with a splash of half and half.
Maria’s #1 beauty advice is to make sure you get a good night's rest. Eight hours of sleep gives your skin and body the time it needs to regenerate and restore itself to keep you looking your best!
Baci means kisses in Italian, and Bellini’s littlest team member loves giving them! A native of Clarinda, Iowa, Baci made her way to Portland when she was eight weeks old and has never looked back. This spunky cockapoo loves greeting clients, chewing on everything, and playing in the snow. She’s already a pro at commands like “sit” and “stay”, and is currently in training to be a therapy dog. Baci credits her glossy coat to her positive outlook and believes that the more love you give, the more you’ll get it back.
"Greet every day with a bright smile and a waggy tail.”